Nature & Wildlife
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
Virgo- Communication channels wide open;
clarity comes to the personal as relationships
strengthen and bring satisfaction. Prudence
in professional choices leads to success.
Libra- Relationships a main focus as mag-
netism in the personal grows, attracting
love, friendships, excitement and adventure.
Professional ambition grows; avoid confronta-
Scorpio- Attractive magnetic forces draw
much love to the personal; an attitude of
sensuality and playfulness manifests. Be wary
of physical energies being strained and stop
Sagittarius- Long term growth and progress
in the professional continues; keep going!
Physical energy and morale strengthens. In
the personal, love is in the air, enjoy.
Capricorn- Becoming more adventurous as
love and passion energies grow; clarity and
open communication bring peace, harmony
and shared fun. Speed bumps in the profes-
sional; plan and prepare.
Aquarius- Positive outer influences lean on
the professional bringing recognition, ad-
vancement, maybe even fame. Many social
opportunities manifest in the personal.
Pisces- Good physical energy, however it is
highly encouraged to avoid excess or toxins
at this time. Praise and financial reward pro-
fessionally. Increased social activity.
Morning planets: Venus, Mars, Jupiter and
Evening planets: Mercury
* December 13, 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower,
the king of the meteor showers, producing up to
120 multicolored meteors/hour at its peak, peaks
this year on the night of the 13th and morning of
the 14th. The crescent moon will set early in the
evening leaving dark skies for what should be an
excellent show. Best viewing will be from a dark
location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from
the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere
in the sky.
* December 22 - December Solstice. The De-
cember solstice occurs at 04:48 UTC. This is the
first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Northern
Hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer
solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere
* December 21, 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower,
producing about 5-10 meteors/hour, peaks this
year on the the night of the 21st and morning of
the 22nd. This year the waxing gibbous moon will
be bright enough to hide most of the fainter me-
teors. If you are patient, you might still be able to
catch some of the brighter ones.
the BLM to monitor desert big horn habitat use in
proximity to domestic sheep allotments and recre-
ational activities. Since 2013, CPW has collared 20
desert bighorns to monitor their movements.
CPW will also be conducting classification flights to
monitor big game populations throughout southwest
Colorado. These flights, which usually continue into
February, are focused on classifying deer, elk and
bighorn sheep by sex and age to monitor overall
productivity and health of a population.
The Moon Dance
Helicopter flights for deer will also
be occurring in Game Management
Units 61 and 62 on the west side
of the Uncompahgre Plateau. CPW
prefers to avoid flying during the late
hunting seasons, but flight days are
dependent on the weather and when
the helicopter is available.
Deer trapping and collaring started
on the Uncompahgre Plateau in
1997. Each year 60 fawns are cap-
tured to monitor over-winter sur-
vival. The collars automatically fall
off the fawns in about eight months.
A certain number of does are also
captured to maintain 90 active col-
lars for the area.
Since the program started, 1,118
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fawns and 1,852 does have been monitored.
Fawns have shown an average survival rate of
73 percent; the average survival rate for does
has been 83 percent.
Flights to trap desert bighorn sheep will occur
west of U.S. Highway 50 in the canyon areas
between Delta and Grand Junction. CPW hopes
to capture five desert bighorns and fit them
with radio tracking collars. Only about 160 big-
horns inhabit that area. CPW is working with
Aries- A busy period, possibly stressful; take
it easy whenever you can. Ambition grows
driving professional achievements. Passion
increases as personal relationships grow
Taurus- A likely eventful and busy time,
particularly in the professional; collaborations
and teamwork are keys to progress. Coopera-
tion and harmony at home.
Gemini- Good physical energies. Passion and
sensuality are aroused, love bonds strength-
en, new love is quite possible. Professional
efforts progress smoothly as cooperation
Cancer- Love is in the air; new love appears
or existing love grows much stronger. Pas-
sions, emotions and physical energy cranks
up, however professional endeavors may
claim the most attention.
Leo- Feeling vigorous and ambitious, much
gets accomplished in the professional. Energy
and passion grow and emotions become
heightened as love blossoms all around you.
and west of town. By trapping deer across low-
elevation winter range, CPW will gather valuable
data on how deer move on the Uncompahgre
Plateau. The radio-collars also help biologists
understand survival rates for deer.